On the Front Line of Lawsuit Reform for 25-Plus Years

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Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas (CALACTX) is part of the national movement of small business owners, medical professionals, and community leaders committed to smart-minded lawsuit reform has its roots right here in Texas. Over the years, we and other Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) groups have been on the front lines of lawsuit reform, working to help ensure our courts are used for justice, not greed.

CALACTX and other CALAs call out lawsuit abuse in their communities and make their voices heard at the State Capitol. That push for reform has come a long way over the past 25-plus years since our start in Texas.

The Lone Star State was once the wild west of frivolous lawsuits and outlandish court awards, ranked among the American Tort Reform Association’s worst Judicial Hellholes. But over the years, CALA supporters successfully pressed for reforms to rein in abusive legal practices that undermined job creation, drove doctors out of under-served communities, and exposed employers to questionable legal claims. 

The goal has always been to embrace common-sense reforms to stop the abuse while preserving Texans’ access to our civil courts where and when needed.

While Texas has enacted important reforms, we know more needs to be done, and you can help. It’s up to all of us to take it upon ourselves to be savvy legal consumers, to show up for jury service, to cast informed ballots every election, and to do all that we can ensure our courts are used for justice.

The civil justice system is designed to provide compensation for real injuries, and the more the system is abused, the less it can help those who need it the most.

Our courts should not be used to seek revenge or try to “hit the lawsuit lottery.” Conflicts are inevitable in our society, but a lawsuit should be the last resort, not the first choice.